Archive | March 2014


I have come to realize that time is such a valuable commodity. Not that I didn’t know that already, just that it has become ever so much more apparent as I have grown older. Scripture tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 that there is time for everything.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to want to mold and shape time into my schedule, to fit my needs or desires. I want to do or make things happen when I want them to, but time doesn’t let me. God doesn’t let me! After all I am not the creator of time nor the creator of my life…God is. It is with much patience and endurance that I await my hearts desires, trusting that there is a time for everything, and right now my time is to focus on prioritizing, spending precious moments with my quickly growing son, and reveling in the quiet time I can spend with my Lord.

May the Lord guide you in all you do, help you make the most of your time, and give you peace to wait.
God bless and keep you always.


You also, as living stones, are being build up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood,
to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
“Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
1 Peter 2:5-6


I want to be a sanctuary
Holy and pure in all I do
Shining Your light into the darkness
A ray of hope that all can see

I want to be a sanctuary
Alive with the Spirit that is you
A beacon to guide the way
A chance for peace

I want to be a sanctuary
Constantly growing in Your word
A small part in this living Book
Bringing salvation to those I meet

I want to be a sanctuary
A temple devoted to You
Sharing love as You desire
A gift to all in need

Temporary Troubles


CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

far-more-exceeding-and-eternal CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Though they may be temporary,
my troubles still do weigh
on my heart, they are heavy
on my soul, they do prey.

When God needs my attention,
I feel  like I’m on fire
but, He is only testing my faith
the depth of my desire.

So, He puts me in the furnace,
to refine me like gold
He uses the potter’s wheel
so His image He can mold.

He uses the word as a bridle,
to keep me on the straight path
He prunes and He trims
so I may never know His wrath.

He places me in dark valleys,
to see the world’s wickedness
He puts me in arid places
so I’ll thirst after righteousness.

Though they may be temporary,
my troubles still do weigh
but, I know they will bring me
into a glorious new day!


2 Corinthians 4:17
King James Version

“For our light affliction,

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Like fine dining or fast food… how do we approach Bible Study?

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Like fine dining or fast food… how do we approach Bible Study?

I seldom get to enjoy fine dining. Now, to keep myself out of trouble, I do have to say I get a lot of fine food at home, but that’s different from fine dining. Meals at home are often rushed or combined with things other than pure enjoyment of the meal whether talking about the food, the company, the atmosphere or any combination of these things.

Often our meals are ingested and digested like fast food. It sates our immediate hunger but is not truly satisfying and enjoyable.

As I was gulping my really great burger this noon, taking a break from here at CB and some Bible study, this thought occurred to me that we often approach our Bible study and even our private time with God in one or the other of these two ways. We…

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My Yearning Soul

As a deer pants for the water brooks
So pants my soul for You, O God.
Psalm 42:1

My Yearning Soul

Continually my flesh and spirit seek You
Waiting for the day I am in Your presence
My flesh is incrementally sustained
But my spirit constantly seeks You for its life
When my flesh surrenders
My spirit pours out to You
I worship and praise You
I pray to You daily
Yet my soul still longs for more
As my soul yearns
I will dwell on You O Lord
Remembering every moment You reached out
Touching my life so deeply
Your love embraces me
Your song is within me
I will sometimes question Your ways
I will doubt and I will sway
I will be ridiculed and put down
Yet I will hope in You O Lord
I will praise You forever

In Him

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13



In Him

God guides
We grow

God loves
We praise

God comforts
We heal

God protects
We trust

In God safety abides
Through us His Kingdom will grow

With God all things are possible
We are instruments in His hands, hope for the lost

The Path of Righteousness

He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
~ Psalm 23:3 & 4 ~

The Path of Righteousness

Help me to learn and understand
To grow in love and grace
Help me see my goodness
Exists only in the reflection of Your face

Lead me down the path of righteousness
Walk with me side by side
Be my constant vigil
My focus in the dark night

Keep me grounded in my faith
A gift pure and true
Help me be the light
That will lead others to You


I am so very blessed.  My wonderful high school son wrote the following poem for his English class!!  I love it when his creativity shines through!


 Before loving came laughing
Before winning came losing
Before waves came water
Before perfection came tears
Before memories came memory
Before crashing came living
Before kindness came loneliness
Before reflections came mirrors
Before stories came writing
Before brightness came sun
Before deciding came choosing
Before power came work
Before building came thinking
Before life came the Lord

Pray You Through

When all else fails, pray! Do not be anxious, but in all situations, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to the Lord. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guide your heart and mind in Christ Jesus! When you feel alone, pray. When you fear, pray. When you don’t know what to do, pray. When you are hurting, pray. When you’re at a loss for words, pray. Pray without ceasing!

Heads up…the link won’t work within the site, but click “watch on youtube” to view.
It is well worth it…very inspirational song.